Rights Respecting at St. Michael’s Primary School
We are accredited with Level One of the UNICEF award for supporting the Rights of the child.
The staff at St. Michael’s are fully committed to becoming a Rights Respecting School and are creating the conditions for a rights respecting culture. A Rights Respecting School is one in which there is a culture of mutual respect underpinning all of its work. Children learn about their rights as identified in the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. They also learn that they have responsibilities – a responsibility to respect the rights of all others in their community.
In a Rights Respecting School, children learn to appreciate their role within a community – their school and local community as well as their global community.
The children at St. Michael’s have all been learning about their rights and responsibilities. We have been looking at the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and have discussed that these rights apply to all children everywhere. More information can be found at UNICEF.
Through a Rights Respecting ethos, we aim to instill our children with a belief in themselves, to nurture their self esteem and, above all, to embrace their responsibility to respect the rights of others.
In our work towards becoming a Rights Respecting School, we have done many things, including:-
- Given all our children the chance to exercise their right to have their opinions- Article 13.We have a School Council who are involved in making real decisions about the running of the school.
- Class Charters – these are created with the children at the beginning of the academic year. They identify the rights and responsibilities particular to each classroom and can be reviewed at any time.